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Olympus E-PL3

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MILC 12.3MP 4" 4032 X 3024 Pixels May 2012
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Olympus E-PL3 Review

With excellent reviews and very good features, we have ranked the Olympus E-PL3 number 776 across all digital cameras.
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66 Reviews + 11 Awards
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Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good

Why Has it Scored 72?

It has good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 82%, based on 66 reviews.
This digital camera is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest cameras 2018.
This Olympus digital camera has some good features, but is also missing a couple of features:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
Higher than average maximum ISO sensitivity
Tal body<br>- extreme fast high-speed contrast af<br>- lightweight and compact size for high portability<br>- newly developed 12.3 MP high speed live MOS sensor with wide dynamic range<br>- 7,6cm/3" tiltable 460,000 dots colour lcd<br>- live guide for stills and movies, offering full intuitive in easy-to-use interface<br>- art filters, multi exposure, wireless flash, multi-aspect<br>- HD movie with stereo sound featuring depth of field and art filters<br>- built-in image stabil
Tifully designed and engineered with all the very latest technology, the e-pl3 might be small in size but it is certainly big on features. it promises all the razor-sharpness, background blur and vivid colours of a professional SLR camera - despite being a fraction of the size. these powerful optics are all thanks to pixel-perfect lenses, a brand new 12.3 million pixel sensor and an optimized image engine truepic VI processor. this innovative model also features a 3-inch tilt LCD, enabling maximum visibility and flexibility in both shooting and playback mode - from any angle. this is also particularly convenient and beneficial when using the full HD movie functionality that comes with this new PEN generation.<br>the e-pl3: so powerful it can capture everything. so small you can take it everywh
Lower than average megapixels
Only 4032 x 3024 pixels image resolution

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How Big is the Olympus E-PL3?

The Olympus E-PL3 is 109.5mm wide and 63.7mm tall. It is 37.3mm deep and weighs 265g.

Olympus E-PL3 front dimensions
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Olympus E-PL3 In-Depth Analysis

Features

Lower Than Average Megapixels

The megapixels of the Olympus E-PL3 of only 12.3MP is lower than 77% of all cameras when ordered by this feature. Digital cameras have megapixels of between 0.3MP and 80MP, and the average megapixels is 16MP.

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Only 4032 X 3024 Pixels Image Resolution

The highest image resolution of the Olympus E-PL3 is 4032 x 3024 pixels. That's 23% lower image resolution than a 4608 x 3456 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all digital cameras the worst resolution is 640 x 480 pixels and the best is 8256 x 6192 pixels.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras.

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Higher Than Average Maximum ISO Sensitivity

Cameras have ISO sensitivities (max) of between 200 and 820,000, and the average maximum ISO sensitivity is 14,000. The Olympus E-PL3's maximum ISO sensitivity of 12,800 is higher than 71% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This Olympus camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Olympus E-PL3 has a built-in flash. 68% of digital cameras also have a built-in flash.

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Average Weight

The weight of the Olympus E-PL3 of 265g is fairly standard compared to most other cameras. It is in the heaviest 60% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Olympus E-PL3 features saturation adjustment, unlike 87% of cameras which do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Olympus E-PL3 features multi burst mode, unlike 87% of cameras which do not feature multi burst mode.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Larger Than Average Maximum Memory Card Size

The maximum memory card sizes of cameras range from 1GB to 260GB, and the average maximum memory card size is 43GB. The maximum memory card size of the Olympus E-PL3 of 64GB is larger than average when compared to most other cameras. It is in the largest 31% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Olympus E-PL3 features flash exposure compensation. 79% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Olympus E-PL3 supports Full HD video. 76% of cameras do not support Full HD video.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Olympus E-PL3 features noise reduction, which is unusual. 91% of cameras do not feature noise reduction.

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Average Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Olympus E-PL3 of 3" is pretty typical compared to most other digital cameras. It is larger than 31% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Olympus E-PL3 features contrast adjustment. 83% of cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Olympus E-PL3 has an anti-dust function. 90% of digital cameras do not have an anti-dust function.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Olympus E-PL3 features brightness adjustment, unlike 78% of cameras which do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Has a Microphone in

The Olympus E-PL3 has a microphone in. 88% of cameras do not have a microphone in.

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Only 1024 X 768 Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Olympus E-PL3 is 1024 x 768. That's 73% lower still image resolution than a 1712 x 1712 digital camera, which is the most common resolution supported by cameras. Across all cameras the best resolution is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)|1920 x 1080|1280 x 720|640 x 480 pixels, which is the most frequently supported resolution on cameras.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Olympus E-PL3 has an external flash connector. 86% of cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Olympus E-PL3 supports video capability, which is unusual. 67% of cameras do not support video capability.

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3D

The Olympus E-PL3 is 3D. 90% of cameras are not 3D.

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Features Bluetooth

The Olympus E-PL3 features bluetooth, which is unusual. 95% of cameras do not feature bluetooth.

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Supports Live View

The Olympus E-PL3 supports live view. 83% of digital cameras do not support live view.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Olympus E-PL3 has an HDMI port. 73% of cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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Bigger Than Average Digital Zoom

Across all the cameras the digital zooms range from 1x to 810x, and the average digital zoom is 12x. The digital zoom of the Olympus E-PL3 of 14x is bigger than average when compared to most other digital cameras. It is bigger than 92% of all cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Olympus E-PL3 has a tripod mount, which is unusual. 73% of cameras do not have a tripod mount.

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Has a Shoe Mounting Point

The Olympus E-PL3 has a shoe mounting point, unlike 89% of cameras which do not have a shoe mounting point.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Olympus E-PL3 has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike 83% of cameras which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Features Calendar

The Olympus E-PL3 features calendar. 87% of cameras do not feature calendar.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers:

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Barcodes:

00050332180376, 00050332180383, 00050332180390, 00050332180406, 00689466558517, 03610170008163, 03610170008576, 03610170021605, 03610170022039, 03610170035190, 03610170037811, 04545350037505, 04545350037536, 04545350037543, 04545350037550, 04545350037567, 04545350037574, 04545350037581, 04545350037598, 04545350037635, 04545350037680, 04545350037697, 04545350037703, 04545350037710, 04545350038182, 04545350038199, 04545350038205, 04545350038250, 07332779109312

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